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Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant

Singer Songwriter / One-Woman Musical Theater / Electric Harp - Stories - Mixed Genres Boston, MA  US
Way You Are Blues
Way You Are Blues
The Nightingale
The Nightingale
Bring it All Down
Bring it All Down
Dogs of Somerville
Dogs of Somerville
The Land of You
The Land of You

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  • Sun

    Sep 27

    Boston, MA, US | 8:00pm

    Grammy-nominated electric harpist, composer and coach, Deborah Henson-Conant, is invited to the Boston Harp Festival where she will present a Career Skills Workshop as well as the Closing Concert on Sunday, Sep. 27. The concert is open to the public! So you don't have to be registered for the Festival to go! Just click on the ticket link and scroll all the way down until you see the Closing Concert in the Eventbrite ticket window! The Boston Harp Festival celebrates the harp and harpists in the Boston and New England area while featuring the harp’s wonderful potential as a solo instrument. This year’s festival will also include performances and presentations by Felice Pomeranz, Maeve Gilchrist, Carl Swanson, Ina Zdorovetchi and many other world-class harp luminaries!

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  • Sat

    Oct 17

    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, US | 7:30pm

    Deborah Henson-Conant strides on stage like a rock star - strapped into the sleek, chrome 32-string "HipHarp" that was invented for her to combine music, theater and movement in her one-woman shows. She loops layer upon layer of harp tracks, rhythmic and percussive, for an immense soundscape – then focuses on the intimate power of the electric harp that lets audiences hear subtleties and delicacy that would be lost beyond the front row with a purely acoustic instrument. And then she’ll launch into a gut-bucket Blues or turn her harp into a Flamenco-inspired multi-guitar. The Cultural Center is pleased to present this unique concert at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall as a fundraiser for our outreach program, Music Therapy for Children with Special Needs.

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  • Sun

    Oct 25

    Asheville, NC, US | 6:30pm

    Deborah Henson-Conant (“DHC”) is a GRAMMY©-Nominated one-woman orchestra. With electric harp, voice and a looper pedal, she layers sounds in real time, then weaves solo lines and vocals above it. Her signature instrument is an 11lb carbon-fiber electric harp, designed specifically for her by the CAMAC Harp Company in France, it’s now one of the fastest-selling new harp models in the world and carries her name, the “DHC Light.” Forget the demure harpist – forget the Classical Music — forget dozing off in the back row. Henson-Conant is a showman, entertainer and solid musician who’s been compared to musical greats from Leonard Bernstein to Elvis Presley. Her voice is compared to Carly Simon and Joan Baez; her playing to Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix; and her humor to musical comedian Victor Borge and even Eddie Izzard. Her shows, her life, her instrument, her workshops and her music are all about transformation — all tied together by powerful, funny, affirming stories and universal humor.

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Bio: Artist Website: http://www.HipHarp.com

Take a harp.
Shrink it down.
Strap it on.
Plug it in.

Music…Theater…Humor…Passion. Deborah Henson-Conant is a cross-genre, Blues-Flamenco-Celtic-Funk-Folk-Jazz dynamo. She plays an instrument that was built specifically for her so she could perform h...See Full Bio

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Q: How many hours a day do you still have to practice to stay to the standard you are happy with?

A: A few years ago I created a special "all food groups" practice routine for myself that lets me warmup and strengthen the areas I felt I needed most, basically I created a 20-minute etude for myself that covers arpeggios, scales and a lot of modulation so I can practice shifting from key to key with the levers. So I do that every morning. It's kind of like taking my vitamins. That will keep me in basic shape even if I don't get a chance to play later in the day. When I have more time, I spend a second session just PLAYING - I just play the new material I'm working on as if I were performing it - and often videotape it, and watch it to coach myself. And then … this is my little secret … I have my harp right next to my computer, so if I'm on hold with tech support or have to reboot my computer or I'm watching a webinar - I'll actually work on exercises while doing that. Sometimes I'll just fit in 2 minutes here and there, and that kind of practicing is especially good for working on passages that require tricky coordination - because you start and stop and come to it with a clean mind each time.

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